Peak Puerto Rico: Surfing, Kayaking & Nature Hikes with Sara O’Malley

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Hero Sara O'Malley

Oh hi ! My name is Sara and I am a 24yo graduate student & culture-adventure-food-language enthusiast. I am so so excited about this trip to PR !! The hope is we’ll get the best of both nature ( see El Yunque ! ) and culture ( surfing & salsa dancing anyone ?! ). Develop a little ~love~ for the island before we have to depart. Get ready to explore and enjoy ! Hope you can join me !

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Jun 1 – 6, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

8 – 16

Transportation

Van

Tour Price

USD 699
/ person
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Unique Quality Tours Puerto Rico offers private tours only, so all their attention is concentrated on you. This way, you can relax and feel pampered visiting the island. They specialize in offering airport to airport service, single tours, and fully-customizable vacation packages. UQT only relies on licensed tour guides certified by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and licensed tour operators certified by the Puerto Rico Public Service Commission. To them, you are not just another client; you are THE client! If you want a unique tour with Puerto Rican culture and excursions to less visited areas, UQT is the right choice for you!

Puerto Rico>Peak Puerto Rico: Surfing, Kayaking & Nature Hikes with Sara O’Malley

Immerse yourself in the magic of Puerto Rico’s lively atmosphere and let the Caribbean island capture your heart! Soak in the warm sunshine and sample the best activities that this tropical paradise has to offer: wander the iconic beachfront of Isla Verde, hike through the lush El Yunque Rainforest, discover the history of Old San Juan, go kayaking in a magical bioluminescent bay, catch some waves during an epic surfing lesson, party the night away in and around La Placita de Santurce, and more. This is one adventure that lets you have a taste of Puerto Rico at its peak!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Hero Sara O'Malley

Oh hi ! My name is Sara and I am a 24yo graduate student & culture-adventure-food-language enthusiast. I am so so excited about this trip to PR !! The hope is we’ll get the best of both nature ( see El Yunque ! ) and culture ( surfing & salsa dancing anyone ?! ). Develop a little ~love~ for the island before we have to depart. Get ready to explore and enjoy ! Hope you can join me !

Duration

6 days · 5 nights

Travel Date

Jun 1 – 6, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

8 – 16

Transportation

Van

Puerto Rico>Peak Puerto Rico: Surfing, Kayaking & Nature Hikes with Sara O’Malley

Immerse yourself in the magic of Puerto Rico’s lively atmosphere and let the Caribbean island capture your heart! Soak in the warm sunshine and sample the best activities that this tropical paradise has to offer: wander the iconic beachfront of Isla Verde, hike through the lush El Yunque Rainforest, discover the history of Old San Juan, go kayaking in a magical bioluminescent bay, catch some waves during an epic surfing lesson, party the night away in and around La Placita de Santurce, and more. This is one adventure that lets you have a taste of Puerto Rico at its peak!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Isla Verde
  • Arrive at the airport
  • Transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at beachside loft
  • Free time
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 2 · El Yunque Rainforest
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • El Yunque Rainforest tour
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · Old San Juan
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Day trip to Old San Juan
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • BioBay kayak tour
  • Transfer back to accommodation
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 4 · Luquillo and La Placita
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Transfer to surfing class
  • Surfing class
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • Transfer to La Placita
  • Free time in La Placita for nightlife and dining
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Transfer back to accommodation
  • Day 5 · Guavate
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • “Pork Road” tour with nature walk
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 6 · Departure
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Isla Verde, Puerto Rico – an idyllic beach paradise

Your Puerto Rican getaway starts now in Isla Verde, a beachside neighborhood home to chic resorts, high-rise hotels, fantastic watersport opportunities, elevated gastronomy, and buzzing nightclubs. Upon your arrival, you’ll be whisked away to your home away from home — the Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort — located literally steps away from the golden sands of iconic Isla Verde Beach. Drop your bags in the room, put your swimsuit on, and start enjoying the island’s tropical sun!

Day 2

Embark on a delightful outdoor tour through the breathtaking El Yunque National Forest

Rise and shine, travelers! Today is a day brimming with nature and adventure! Embark on a fantastic tour in the incredible El Yunque National Forest. Fun fact: This lush, mountainous rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Here, the peaks of the Luquillo Mountain Range soar up to 3,525 feet above sea level. Accompanied by a professional guide, all of us will hike through this wonderful place to discover waterfalls, curious wildlife, pristine forest views, and natural dipping pools in the heart of nature.

Day 3

Discover the old city of San Juan, the crown jewel of Puerto Rico

Good morning, travelers! Today, you’ll embark on an excursion into the historical center of Old San Juan. In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation and dropped off right in the heart of the old sector, where you’ll be given the chance to self-explore the area. OSJ is a colorful kaleidoscope of life, music, legend, and history. From its blue-toned, cobblestoned streets and the 400+ historically-listed buildings, to the stunning ocean views, the visual treats never end! You’ll be able to walk to the restaurants and enjoy some authentic food at places like La Garita, Rincon Iberico, and La Madre to name a few. Visit the supermarket, try exquisite locally-grown coffee, and much more! Some top sights we recommend checking out include the two forts: El Morro and Fuerte San Cristobal, the Las Américas Museum, the Paseo la Princesa (which hosts local artists on the first Sunday of every month), and the different squares of Plaza Colon, Plaza de Armas, Plaza del Quinto Centenario, and Parque de las Palomas.

Marvel at nature’s magic on a guided bioluminescent kayaking tour at night

When the evening is nigh, we’ll head to the Fajardo BioBay to paddle through one of the world’s brightest bioluminescent bays in kayaks! This adventurous group tour takes us through a mangrove forest with protected fauna. The waters here are filled with microscopic, single-celled organisms (dinoflagellates) that produce a “glow-in-the-dark” effect when stimulated by movement. When you paddle or splash the water, these organisms light up brilliantly in spectacular shades of neon blue-green! Don’t worry if you’ve never gone kayaking before — you’ll be provided with all the necessary equipment and instruction from your guide, so even beginners can join in!

Day 4

Surf’s up! Have a splash-tastic time at the beach with a surfing lesson!

Good morning! Today, we’ll head to the shores of Luquillo for a surfing lesson in the inviting waters of the Caribbean. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of riding waves, this is your chance! With a professional surfer at the helm, you’ll be learning from the best. No worries if you’ve never tried surfing before! La Pared Beach is a fantastic spot for beginners, with easy waves and a sandy bottom. Pick up tips and tricks from your instructor and before long, you’ll be riding the waves with confidence and having tons of fun!

Head to La Placita for some spectacular Puerto Rican nightlife and dining experiences

Once the evening rolls around, we’ll take you to party the night away in and around La Placita! As one of San Juan’s most vibrant barrios, you’ll find a lively party vibe that kicks off from sundown until the early hours of the morning. What’s more, between Thursday and Sunday night the small square of Placita de Santurce transforms into a gloriously buzzing, high-energy outdoor club once the sun sets, complete with booming live music, great restaurants, and late-night bars. Let loose, mingle with locals and other travelers alike, and dance the night away!

Day 5

Journey inland to try authentic lechón in Guavate and immerse yourself in nature

There’s no way you’re leaving Puerto Rico without trying some delicious lechón — whole roasted pig cooked over hot coals or an open flame. The famous “Pork Road” (or “Pork Highway”) hidden in the town of Guavate up in the hills is where we’ll be heading today. Here, pork is king, and we’ll be stopping at authentic lechoneras, which are cafeteria-style restaurants that specialize in serving this mouthwatering lechón. On this tour, we’ll also embark on a nature walk to explore the area. Guavate is nestled in Puerto Rico’s tranquil Carite Forest, within which hides a number of hiking trails. A nature walk is a great way to burn off those extra calories!

Day 6

Time to bid farewell to Puerto Rico

How time flies! We hope you’ve enjoyed your time in Puerto Rico. After checking out of your accommodation, you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home. Until next time — we hope to see you again soon!

Accommodation

  • Beachside loft (or similar)

    This beachside loft is ideal for large groups looking for a fun, open, and modern space. The property can comfortably sleep up to 16 guests and features a fully-equipped cinema screen, pool table, lots of board and card games, beach essentials, full kitchen, AC, and Wi-Fi. You can easily walk to the famous Calle Loiza where you can enjoy a bunch of trendy restaurants and bars, and you’re only a 7-minute walk to Ocean Park Beach! Room type: Shared occupancy.

Included

  • 5 nights at a beachside loft (or similar)
  • Airport transfers
  • Roundtrip transportation for Old San Juan and BioBay tour
  • Roundtrip transportation for La Placita visit
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation (quad occupancy)
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • All meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Optional add-ons
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

New accommodation rate - per person

Along with the overall price of the trip, each traveler must pay $56.50 for the new accommodation.

Price: USD 56.50

Beachside loft

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 699
Per person